BMW Factory in South Carolina Hiring “Robot Fixers”
BMW is doubling the size of its apprentice mechanic program, and is adding a fourth technical college to its stable of academic partners.
With a 1.2 million-square-foot factory that contains 2,000 robots nearing completion, the assembly plant needs more men and women to keep the machines working. Called “equipment service associates,” these people work around the clock and earn competitive salaries, said BMW Manufacturing spokesman Steve Wilson.
The assembly plant in Greer, S.C., also has miles of conveyors in its paint shop, assembly halls and body shop, which is where all future X models will be built — the X3, X4, X5, X6 and the new X7 coming out at the end of this year, Wilson said.
“We have miles and miles of conveyors — in paint and assembly, but in the body shop, too,” Wilson said. “It’s keeping all of this running to make sure we can build 1,400 cars a day.”
Even as BMW expands its training program, the company is also looking to hire experienced technicians through a job fair. The expansion increases the total number of students in the two-year program to 200. In its history, the 7-year-old program has graduated 130 student technicians.